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The 5 Rules of Spiritual Seeking

1) Spiritual Truth is Found Within

While a good spiritual teacher (or teachers) can help along the way, every bit of spiritual truth is found within.  No single person can introduce you to God / Universe / Truth / Buddhahood / [insert your word here].  Jesus: “Those who have found themselves, of them the world is not worthy.”  Lao Tzu: “He who knows himself is enlightened.”  Muhammad: “Whoever who knows himself knows God.”  The Buddha:  “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”  Inscription at the Oracle at Delphi: “KNOW THYSELF”

2) Seek Within Regularly

It does not matter which meditative discipline you choose, but choose and practice a meditative discipline regularly.  The path to awakening and liberation is an internal one, and if you don’t get to know your own mind in a way you never have before, you will never know yourself in the way that allows for your spiritual growth.  Seeking within for truth through meditative practices is required for growth.  Every major religious system in the world has a meditative practice.  If you want to read about various styles of meditation, click that link.

3) Listen To Teachers, But Listen To Yourself Most

Are you sensing a pattern here?  While it is true that we can receive nuggets of wisdom from the world’s spiritual masters, it is important to remember not to hold onto any one teaching or master too tightly.  And it is critical to always check what you are learning against your inner compass.  Even the Buddha said to his followers, “Don’t blindly believe what I say. … Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion.  Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.”

4) Forgive Everything Always

Regardless of where the discomfort has come, it is the churning within our minds on that discomfort that causes all our life’s suffering associated with it.  So if we remember to forgive everyone and everything of every unwanted action or influence in our lives, we can go into our seeking of Truth with a clear mind and open heart, free of any chains that might hold us back.  It is then that whatever has happened in the past that could distract us can be forgiven and forgotten.

5) This Is a Long Game

The record of a student finding these teachings and progressing to full awakening is 54 hours.  That said, many spiritual journeys can last a lifetime, so if you’re expecting immediate results, you may want to choose another hobby.  Even those who have attained complete spiritual enlightenment continue to learn how to integrate it into their daily existence on an never-ending basis.  The mind never ceases to attempt to derail us from our spiritual path, and so even if our learning is only from the wisdom that comes from within, always vow to never stop learning on this path.  Never stop learning.

Rule 6… of 5 Rules) There Are Always More Rules If You Look for Them.  Quit Looking for Rules.

The difference between religion and spirituality are the rules that have come about with the development of religion.  Abandon as many rules as possible that are not sourced from within.

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How Inner Peace Leads to World Peace

Although the Dalai Lama was probably not the first person in history to say it, he is undoubtedly the most well known in recent times. Paraphrased, what His Holiness said was this: World peace can only be attained through inner peace. It’s a wonderful thought, isn’t it? Upon just hearing the idea as it flows from the written words on the page into the voice of our minds, the simple statement feels like some morsel of ancient wisdom being reborn from an unchronicled time before geopolitical conflict. It seems like an idea that conveys a forgotten teaching; a teaching that although once lost, rings true with a familiar resonance like we’ve heard it before. It’s almost like the very thought strikes the tuning fork in the core of our being. World peace can only be attained through inner peace. And so we hear the Dalai Lama speak the words, and without even hesitating… from more of a feeling space… we respond, “Yes! That’s right! That’s truth!” But is it? Is it truth? Does inner peace indeed lead to world peace? And if so, how? How exactlydoes something as complex and seemingly unattainable as world peace spring forth from something as simple as inner peace? Is a real and lasting world peace even attainable? Or is it just a pie-in-the-sky wish of some forgotten hippy generation that is now off collecting cash for their retirement accounts, while the rest of us are left with some falsely pious gesture of mentioning world peace at Christmas, or Ramadan, or Rosh Hashanah? As you know, in business school and even in regular life,...

Scientific Proof “The Law of Attraction” Blocks Happiness

A recent study was published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, outlining a basic truth that spiritual masters have known for eons. The study, done at the Department of Psychology and Neruoscience at Baylor University, showed that materialism has a direct correlation to lower levels of life satisfaction. In addition, the study specifically targeted how materialists find it harder to be grateful, which they connected to unmet psychological needs. Of course this isn’t new information to any of the world’s spiritual masters. Back since the days of Buddha 2500 years ago the idea has been forwarded that the release of all attachments leads to liberation. Attachment of course means attachment to ideas, including the ideas that we need certain material objects in order to be happy in life. Now… it’s no secret that a certain core set of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs can certainly be helpful in allowing individuals to attain higher levels of life satisfaction and happiness. But as a teacher of emotional intelligence, and a proponent of a teaching I call the “Equation of Emotion” based on how the brain processes emotion, it is also extremely clear why materialists have a lower level of life satisfaction than other people when this “needs” train runs off the tracks. In its most basic operation, the Equation of Emotion works like this: Our Expectations and/or Preferences (EPs) that are associated with our attachments of mind get compared to our Perceptions (RPs) within our mind and our perceptions and appraisals of the world around us. The EPs get put on one side of the scale. The RPs get put...